Annihilation and the Nature of Pretentious Media

There is a specific danger of pretension, of appearing ‘smarter’ than the ideas in your media actually deliver. Annihilation, I find, is guilty of this. The danger is that when your meaning isn’t clear, when your story isn’t well delivered, the criticism doesn’t get directed at the work; It makes your audience feel like they simply weren’t smart enough to understand it, that it went above their head.  I compare it to Full Metal Jacket and children's animation. The animation is actually Zootopia, but I wanted an excuse to use this as the cover image.